Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh said the people of Scotland needed a “genuine choice” about its future within the UK.
Speaking on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, the politician said it would be “irresponsible” not to hold a second independence referendum after 62 per cent of Scottish voters backed Remain in last year’s EU referendum.
She said: “We’re not prepared just to lie down and let the UK Government take us out of the European Union to the detriment of jobs and the Scottish economy – that’s an irresponsible thing to do.
“We have to stand up for what’s right for Scotland, and the people of Scotland should make that choice.”
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh said the SNP would not settle for an advisory referendum
We’re not prepared just to lie down and let the UK Government take us out of the European Union to the detriment of jobs and the Scottish economy – that’s an irresponsible thing to do
Ms Ahmed-Sheikh insisted Nicola Sturgeon was working to Government timelines when she announced the SNP was hoping to hold a vote between Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019.
She said: “People should be given a genuine choice, now these are not my words, the words in terms of the timescale of 18 months come from David Davis at his Brexit select committee presentation a couple of weeks ago and now indeed Theresa May yesterday.
“We’re working to their timescales and indeed the European Union timescales in terms of the negotiation position.
“We want a referendum that is agreed with the UK Government and I cannot see any circumstances where the Prime Minister would sensibly say that she wasn't going to agree to that.”
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British Prime Minister Theresa May met Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow, following the announcement that Scotland is to hold a second Independence Referendum
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British Prime Minister Theresa May meets Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow, following the announcement that Scotland is to hold a second Independence Referendum
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh during her passionate rant calling for Scottish independence
When pressed on if the SNP would settle for an advisory referendum on the issue, the Orchil and South Perthshire MP said “no”.
“I think we should have a proper referendum,” she added.
Also speaking on the show was Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, who bashed the SNP for its quest for independence.
She said: “Brexit is undoubtedly going to be damaging for Scotland, there’s no question of that, just as it will be damaging for Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom.
“What I’m trying to say to you today is that independence will not make that any better. The uncertainty caused by Brexit would be multiplied by the uncertainty of independence.”